How a Gender Responsive Treatment For Drug Abuse is More Effective

How a Gender Responsive Treatment For Drug Abuse is More Effective

By Lakeview Health
Lakeview Health
Published: September 3, 2016

If you’ve been struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, you likely already know that professional help is what you need to get sober once and for all. It can be difficult to admit that you have an issue with addiction, but taking this step and getting into a program will help you get sober for a lifetime. What many of those who struggle with addiction don’t know is that you have options when it comes to what type of treatment you’d like to try. One of the treatment types that has seen the most progress and success in the last few years is gender responsive treatment, and we offer this treatment type at Lakeview Health.

Gender Responsive Treatment Offers Better Drug and Alcohol Rehab Success

What Is Gender Responsive Treatment for Drug Abuse?

Gender responsive treatment focuses on the individual’s gender. In certain aspects, women get one form of treatment, and men get a different type of treatment. Even though addiction can manifest in anyone in any way, medical professionals acknowledge that women and men need different things when it comes to treatment. In the same way, women and men become addicted to drugs or alcohol in different ways. At Lakeview Health, we provide different treatment track plans for men and women so that each group can have the absolute best treatment available.

How Do Men and Women Respond to Addiction and Treatment Differently?

In some specific ways, men and women end up with addictions because of different factors and circumstances. They also need different types of treatments. Here are the main differences between men and women when it comes to addiction: Women

  • Past trauma, including emotional or sexual abuse, is more common
  • Addiction may be linked with pregnancy and caring for children
  • Women often need longer periods of recovery
  • Women tend to feel more comfortable talking about addiction with other women


  • Men may have come to addiction for personal reasons relating to masculinity issues
  • They tend to feel more comfortable talking with other men about their addictions
  • Physical health tends to play a large role in how men handle their addictions

Lakeview Health Uses Effective Gender Responsive Treatment

Whether you’re a man or a woman struggling with addiction, Lakeview Health can help you get sober and start a new life without addiction. We offer a number of gender-specific programs, including medically monitored detox, residential treatment plans and aftercare. To get in touch with an addiction speciality, call Lakeview Health at 866-704-7692.